Friday, August 19, 2016

Tom DeLonge is latest to be profiled on 'The Pursuit of Tone'

This is a really captivating series of documentaries for true fans as previous episodes featuring Billy Duffy, Mike Ness and Hunter Hayes have shown. I look forward to viewing this one too.

Tune in to AUDIENCE Network for "Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone 'Tom DeLonge'," which debuts today at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114).

The episode follows the award-winning musician, singer, songwriter (Blink182/Angels And Airwaves/Box Car Racer) and accomplished entrepreneur (To The Stars...) through his Southern California upbringing, stories behind his early influences, his sonic evolution from Blink182, to Box Car Racer and Angels And Airwaves as well as his expansion into new forms of media including novels, feature films and animation.

Watch an exclusive clip from the episode as Tom DeLonge visits his childhood home where Blink 182 was formed. (HERE). See
the trailer here.

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Dolly Parton's 'Pure & Simple' out now

Dolly Parton's new album Pure & Simple is available now. In conjunction with it, her SiriusXM special airs several times this weekend via Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse: Saturday at 10am and 7pm ET, Sunday at 3pm ET and 11pm ET.

Additionally, SiriusXM has declared Aug. 26 “Dolly Day,” on Prime Country and will air the Dolly Parton: “Pure & Simple” special on the Prime Country channel at 9am ET, 3pm ET and 10pm ET. Click here to purchase Pure & Simple.

“I can’t wait for fans to hear the SiriusXM special,” said Dolly. “It’ll give everyone a little insight into the inspiration, writing and making of 'Pure & Simple' and 'The Complete Trio Collection.'”

On Sept. 9, Rhino Records will issue The Complete Trio Collection, with 3 CDs of all the recordings from the 1987 and 1999 albums that paired Parton with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. Together, they achieved four top 10s from the first collection – including the # 1 “To Know Him Is To Love Him” and the Grammy-winning “Telling Me Lies.”

Pure & Simple – a collection of love songs - will be available in a regular edition from Dolly Records/RCA Nashville, plus an exclusive version for Walmart that includes a second disc of Dolly’s biggest hits.

In hosting the radio show herself, the songstress goes back to her roots, as she gained her earliest exposure as a musical act on Farm and Home Hour, Knoxville businessman Cas Walker’s radio show on WIVK in the 1950s.

Tove Lo readies new album, tour with Maroon 5

Tove Lo will release her second album Lady Wood on Oct. 28 via Island Records. Pre-order HERE. It will include “cool girl,” the first single in advance of her upcoming North American fall tour with Maroon 5. After less than two weeks since its release, “cool girl” has reached 14,000,000 streams on Spotify and is approaching Top 20 on the Global Chart.

The video for “cool girl” was shot on location in Los Angeles by Swedish director Tim Erem (Tove Lo’s “Moments”; Nick Jonas’ “Close” featuring Tove Lo). “cool girl” is the lead video of a larger short film project for Fairy Dust, “chapter one” of Lady Wood.

“After five sweaty, emotional, exciting and exhausting days of shooting all over and around LA, we could proudly call "it's a wrap!" on my first short film. Fairy Dust, the first chapter of Lady Wood, will be released later this year. A story written by me and my partner in crime, Tim Erem, about all of the beauty and darkness that comes with chasing rushes. Until then, here's me expressing myself in ‘cool girl’.”

-Tove Lo

The new album is the successor to Tove Lo’s '14 debut - the RIAA platinum Queen Of The Clouds. That album included “Habits (Stay High),” the 5x-platinum global #1 hit which has surpassed 1 billion Spotify streams; and the double-platinum follow-up, “Talking Body” (#3 on Billboard Pop Airplay, #12 on the Hot 100). In addition to “Close,” Tove Lo has also been the featured artist on tracks by fellow Island artist Coldplay (“Fun”), Years & Years (“Desire”), Broods (“Freak Of Nature”), Flume (“Say It”), and Alesso (“Heroes”).

Similar to Queen Of The Clouds, whose tracks were broken into three intimate chapters (‘The Sex,’ ‘The Love,’ ‘The Pain’) – Lady Wood will be divided into two chapters: Fairy Dust and Fire Fade. Tove Lo describes them as “the emotional curves I go through when I’m chasing any kind of rush.”

Fairy Dust refers to anticipation, as in “Influence” (featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa), and the title track. Tove Lo compares that anticipation to “when the adrenaline starts to kick in. It gives you butterflies. It’s that tingling sensation of sex...You feel a little bit uneasy. And you really want to chase that first feeling again.”

Track list:

1. “Fairy Dust” (Chapter I)
2. “Influence”
3. “Lady Wood”
4. “True Disaster”
5. “cool girl”
6. “Vibes”
7. “Fire Fade” (Chapter II)
8. “Don’t Talk About It”
9. “Imaginary Friend”
10. “Keep It Simple”
11. “Flashes”
12. “WTF Love Is”

Tour dates with Maroon 5:


3 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
5 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
7 Miami, FL American Airlines Center
9 Orlando, FL Amway Center
11 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
12 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
14 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
16 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
17 Worcester, MA DCU Center
19 Hartford, CT XL Center
21 Albany, NY Times Union Center
23 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
24 Quebec, QC Videotron Centre
26 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
28 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
29 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena

1 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
3 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
4 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
6 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
8 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
9 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
11 Seattle, WA Key Arena
13 Portland, OR Moda Center
15 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
16 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena

Michael Buble news

Michael Buble's new album Nobody But Me is scheduled to be released on Oct. 21 via Warner/Reprise Records. It is the multi-Grammy, multi-platinum award winning singer's first album in three years and is his ninth studio album following the critically acclaimed To Be Loved album (his fourth to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200).

Pre-order here:

Nobody But Me was recorded in Los Angeles and Vancouver and includes three new Buble' penned originals along with classics like "My Baby Just Cares For Me," "The Very Thought of You," Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows" and the Johnny Mercer tune "I Wanna Be Around."

Guest artists on the album are Mehgan Trainor and Black Thought (of The Roots). The new album is co-produced by Buble along with Johan Carlsson for MXM Productions, Alan Chang, Jason "Spicy G" Goldman, The Monsters and Strangerz. The first single and title track "Nobody But Me" is available now. The deluxe version of "Nobody But Me" includes three additional tracks.

"I don't know that I've ever had this much fun working on an album. It was especially thrilling to collaborate with my band who understand that I want to sound better than I've ever sounded. I'm also very proud of the new songs. Having the opportunity to co-produce was a joy for me personally," commented Buble.

Buble will also be seen in cinemas this fall when "Tour Stop 148" is shown in theatres as a onetime event on Sept. 27. The film includes performances from his "To Be Loved Tour" and a close-up view of the behind-the-scenes team. The "To Be Loved Tour" completed 173 shows in 39 countries and was seen by over two million fans.

In other Buble' news, on Aug. 24, Michael will be debuting his new women's fragrance and performing songs from his upcoming album at a launch event in New York City which will stream LIVE on Michael's Facebook at 7pm EST.

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Coldplay's new video for 'A Head Full Of Dreams'

Coldplay has revealed the video for "A Head Full Of Dreams," the title track from their latest  album. Watch it now at

The video was filmed in Mexico City in April during the band's sold-out Latin American stadium tour. Directed by Marcus Haney and shot predominantly on Super 8mm film, it features the band members cycling to their show at the city's Foro Sol venue, where they set a new attendance record. The video begins with Charlie Chaplin's speech from The Great Dictator, which also opens the band's live show.

A Head Full Of Dreams, Coldplay's seventh album, reached No. 1 on iTunes in more than 90 countries and has sold in excess of four million copies. The album remains in the UK Top Ten some 38 weeks after its December 2015 release, and has helped Coldplay to maintain their position as the band with most worldwide listeners on Spotify throughout 2016.

The U.S. leg of Coldplay's A Head Full Of Dreams tour resumes this weekend with two nights at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. The tour has already taken the band across Latin America and Europe, where they played four sold-out nights at London's Wembley Stadium. More than two million tickets have already been sold for the tour. Further dates for 2017 are expected to be announced soon.

The videos for the album's first three singles - "Adventure Of A Lifetime," "Hymn For The Weekend" and "Up&Up" - have already been viewed a combined 955 million times on YouTube. They have also earned the band three nominations at the upcoming MTV VMAs in New York, for Best Rock Video ("Adventure Of A Lifetime") plus Best Direction and Best Visual Effects ("Up&Up").

For more information - and the full list of Coldplay's upcoming live dates - visit

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Electronic music for a cause

Fans of M83 or St. Lucia should enjoy this infectious electronic song...

Listen. Love. Lift. Every time a song plays, someone’s life gets better. Best Night Ever is dedicated to uniting people for social change. The proceeds from every stream, play and download of "Fire Me Up" will be donated to mental health charities “The Trevor Project” USA and “Kids Help Phone” in Canada.

The debut release from Tyler Armes aka Best Night Ever (BNE), "Fire Me Up," serves as a rallying cry to all those seeking inspiration. With heightened melodies and a percussive pulse, the lush production offers a new take on electronic indie-pop that feels transportive – it’s the equivalent to watching the sunrise after a magical night, feeling unified and uplifted from the struggles of everyday life.

"After years of touring, world travel and contributing as a part of a band, it felt liberating and exciting as a writer and producer to be able to create something that was my own. "Fire Me Up" was the first song, and became a personal anthem that echoed the desire I felt to be inspired."

Keep a look out for the release of “Fire Me Up” remix package, as well as the announcement for BNE’s eponymous EP and live debut.

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Dawes is back in business

I'm glad to see the band is already returning with new material and on the road again. Their last effort was in my top 10 of the year. Read more from the press release...

Dawes' next album, We’re All Gonna Die, will be released Sept. 16 via their own HUB Records. It can be pre-ordered here:

The official music video for the album’s lead single, “When The Tequila Runs Out,” just debuted. Directed by Kevin Hayes, the video was filmed with a slow motion camera capturing fun moments throughout a late night party as if it were slowly being recalled the next morning in a fuzzy hungover haze. Watch the video on Facebook and YouTube.

Earlier this week, Dawes partnered with Facebook and LiveX to live stream their show at Rough Trade NYC. Watch the performance here: In support of the new release, the band will perform two album release shows at Los Angeles’ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on September 16 and at New York’s McKittrick Hotel on September 19. More dates to be announced soon.

We’re All Gonna Die -
the follow up to critically acclaimed release All Your Favorite Bands -
was recorded at EastWest Studios (Los Angeles) with additional recording at The Boat (Silverlake, CA) and was produced by Grammy nominated producer Blake Mills. Featured on the 10 original tracks are backing vocals from Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of Lucius, Mandy Moore and Will Oldham.

Of the album, Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, vocals) explains, “These songs were all written in a very short period of time, very close together. In that sense I feel like there was a consistency in mood and outlook our other records don't have. Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it's not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die.”

The band consists of Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber (bass), Griffin Goldsmith (drums, vocals, percussion) and Lee Pardini (keyboards, vocals). Dawes has toured extensively playing headline shows worldwide and major festival appearances including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Newport Folk Festival. Recently, they have toured with My Morning Jacket, Bob Dylan, Mumford and Sons, Conor Oberst, and Jackson Browne.

Track list: 

1. One Of Us
2. We’re All Gonna Die
3. Roll With The Punches
4. Picture Of A Man
5. Less Than Fives Miles Away
6. Roll Tide
7. When The Tequila Runs Out
8. For No Good Reason
9. Quitter
10. As If By Design

Tour dates:

August 17—New York, NY—PBS Front and Center Taping
August 20—Albany, NY—Hart Theatre At The Egg
August 22—Philadelphia, PA—Main Street Music†
August 23— Baltimore, MD—The Sound Garden†
August 25—Nashville, TN—Live On The Green Music Festival
August 26—Florence, AL—Billy Reid Shindig
August 28—Tacoma, WA—Cheneyville Music Festival
August 29—Seattle, WA—Easy Street†
August 30— Portland, OR—Music Millennium†
August 31—San Francisco, CA—Amoeba Berkeley†
September 15—Long Beach, CA—Fingerprints†
September 16—Los Angeles, CA— The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery*
September 19—New York, NY—The McKittrick Hotel*
September 23—Peoria, IL—Limelight
September 24—Chicago, IL—312 Urban Block Party

†Record Store acoustic performance (pre-order to enter)
*Album release shows